Green Apple was announced as a 2012 Clinton Global Initiative commitment to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved and where children can be inspired to dream of a brighter future.
The first annual Green Apple Day of Service to support healthy, sustainable schools was held September 29, 2012. It is an initiative through United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Center for Green Schools.
Hampton Roads Green Building Council (HRGBC) joins parents, teachers, students and advocates to perform two sustainable projects at Kemps Landing Magnet School. John Butler, of the HRGBC, reiterates that the goal of the Green Apple Day of Service is to give students a hands-on and ongoing opportunity to learn about green and sustainable building practices.
Earthworm house and sustainable rain garden
Participants worked on completing the construction of the Earthworm House, including installation of a green roof and a photovoltaic power generation system. A second project tackled was the restoration of the sustainable rain garden. This included helping to repair the rainwater collection system, pruning greenery and providing signage. The signage informs students and visitors about the local vegetation and about the rainwater garden system itself.
Jamie Young, Earth Science teacher at Kemps Landing Magnet School was pleased with the results, saying, “What an amazing day! The HRGBC really embraced our challenges and students were able to see and work on true, sustainable projects. They also were able to interact with a great team of female engineers, like the project coordinator, Rebekah Burke. John Butler, the Director at HRGBC, was instrumental as well, and the knowledge they all shared was immeasurable. It was a great, collaborative, ‘green apple’ kind of day!”
The Virginia Beach event was led by Jamie Young and Dianna McDowell, Earth Science teachers at Kemps Landing Magnet School. It is sponsored by Hampton Roads Green Building Council and coordinated by Rebekah Burke and John Butler.
Organizations that have volunteered time and/or materials include Riverbend Nursery, Solar Services and Dude Renovations & Restorations.
For more information about Green Apple Day of Service, visit MyGreenApple.org.
To learn more about the Kemps Landing Magnet School’s Green Apple Day of Service projects, contact Jamie Young, Earth Science Teacher for Kemps Landing Magnet School at 757.648.4650.
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